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LEADER Programme: How to fill in an expression of interest (EOI) form The expression of interest form (EOI) is the first stage in applying for an LEADER Programme grant. This guidance explains how to fill in an EOI. Before you start Top tips for applicants Before you start your application, here are some important reminders... Jobs + growth + rural The main aim of the LEADER Programme is to create jobs and growth in the rural economy. Tell us how your project will help do this. Sell us your idea Explain really clearly what your project does and how it will benefit the economy. It’s hard for us to justify giving you a grant if we don’t understand your project. Don’t ask for the full amount if you don’t need it Just because you can get (say) 40% of your costs covered, don’t ask for that amount if you don’t need it. As long as you stay below the maximum, you can tell us what grant rate you want. (It’s better value for taxpayers’ money.) Show us what the funding will mean to the success of your project We’re obliged to invest public money carefully. We’re looking for viable, growing businesses. If you can show us that your project is good value for money, and that you’re planning to use the grant money to improve your project, you’re more likely to get the grant. Do the market research You have to show that there is real demand for what you want to do, or you’re unlikely to get a grant. Before you fill in an EOI, read the relevant Local Action Group handbook. It explains: who can apply what the grant money can be used for how to apply how long the process will take Improve your chances – explain things clearly . It will help your application if you explain your project clearly. Tell us exactly what you’re doing, why it’s good for your business, how and where you’re doing it and who will benefit from it. Page 1 of 9
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When and how to send your form Check your Local Action Group website for details of any deadlines and where to send your EOI. LAG can personalise this with details of deadlines (if any) and email address to send the EOI to. Send it from the email address you give us in section 3 of the form. If an agent or consultant sends the form for you, they must copy you into the email (using the email address you give us in section 3 of the form). It must be sent as a Microsoft Excel document, in the 1997-2003 .xls format. If you don’t have Microsoft Excel You can use free Open Office software to complete the EOI form – as long as you save it in the Microsoft Excel (.xls) format. To do this: 1. Select ‘Save as’ when saving the application form. The ‘Save as’ box will open. 2. Select the format for the document in the ‘Save as type’ box. Select the format type – Microsoft Excel 97/2000/XP/2003 (.xls) 3. Click ‘Save’. 4. A dialog box may open asking you to ‘Confirm file format’. If that happens, select ‘Confirm’. Filling in the form Complete every section. You must fill out every section on the form, unless the instructions say you can either write ‘N/A’ or move to the next question. Section 1 – LEADER Programme details Select the Local Action Group that you are applying to from the drop down list.
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